Full Profile - Milad Ghasrikhouzani
International student from Iran
Area of Interest: Disaggregate behavioural land use modelling: Integration of housing search, job search and households' dynamics
I decided to do my undergraduate degree in civil engineering, but it didn’t take long before I realised traditional civil engineering wasn’t exactly for me. However, in second year I discovered transport engineering which, although considered part of civil engineering, is actually a separate discipline altogether which takes into consideration a wide range of factors.
Transport engineers are concerned with providing sufficient infrastructure to satisfy existing travel demand, but they also study demand elasticity due to changes in supply. And that is what caught my interest and made me decide to continue my education in transport engineering.
Research in transport engineering looks at people’s short-term and long-term decisions which might directly or indirectly affect travel patterns in a city. By being able to model an individual’s behaviour, we can predict their behaviour when they encounter new situations. This helps to shape and evaluate transport policies, and the more accurate the modelling, the more precise the policy assessment will be.
In my research I’m looking at how people behave in certain situations, and how they interact with each other to make group decisions – especially with long-term decisions, like deciding where to live, when family members make decisions based on benefits and costs. I find it fascinating to look at the patterns that emerge and how different features and transport systems can change those patterns.
I applied to do my PhD with the rCITI group at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNSW Australia mainly because of my supervisor, Dr Taha Hossein Rashidi whose research was compatible with my own interests.
He is very supportive and I find it easy to convey my ideas and highly value his suggestions and advice.
In fact, rCITI is a great place to be part of in every way. Everyone is friendly, approachable and incredibly supportive and encouraging in all areas of my academic and personal life. There are also plenty of opportunities for collaboration among PhD students – which you won’t find anywhere else in the world.